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Landing Your Dream Role

Being successful at a job interview is a hurdle we all face at some point.

By adopting the right strategies, you can transform this nerve-wracking experience into an opportunity to showcase your talent and secure the role of your dreams.

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Preparation is Power

Imagine sitting an exam unprepared.

How do you think you would do? You might just pass, but could you have done better?

If that was a job interview, what impression do you want to leave with the interviewer? If you get offered the job, the level of benefits or salary offered may well depend upon how well you did at the interview and the impression you left.

Preparation is key and will provide you with the confidence to make the best of your opportunity. Invest time in researching the company. Delve into their mission statement, core values, and recent achievements.

Do you know who will be on the panel? What can you find out about them and their past roles, likes and dislikes? The more you know, the more opportunities you have to give relevant examples and be successful at rapport building. It also means you can ask relevant questions, and demonstrates a genuine interest and preparation – qualities that every employer values.

Anticipate the questions that might be asked. These might be about how you fit the needs of the role or about your past. Prepare and rehearse your responses to these. Some website store copies of questions and reviews on peoples interview experiences with companies. Use these as a guide, things can change, so don’t let them cloud your judgement, especially if your research shows otherwise!

Practice means you will come across as natural. While a certain level of nerves are expected, employers will want to be sure that they hire a confident, rather than overly nervous employee! Being able to clearly articulate your thoughts and experiences under pressure is key to making a strong impression.

Try role-playing with a friend or family member can also help hone your communication skills and build confidence. Ideally, someone who does not know the role or industry will help as they will identify issues that someone who knows the role well, might not.

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Making a Strong First Impression

You only get one chance to make a first impression! Arriving early for your interview shows respect for the interviewer’s valuable time and highlights your organisational skills. It also means you do not arrive feeling rushed or out of breath. Dressing professionally is equally important. Find out about the company’s culture and dress code expectations.

Look at the company website for pictures of employees. Some companies in the city still expect suits and even a crisp white shirt. For other companies, even the colour of the suit can be crucial, and don’t forget to polish those shoes!. Looking and feeling confident in your appearance will translate into a confident interview delivery.

The Art of Active Listening

The interview is a conversation, and should be a two way street, with each person giving the other time to talk, listen and understand the other. Actively listen to the interviewer’s questions and comments. Make sure you understand the question or point of view ‘before’ you answer! This allows you to tailor your responses effectively and demonstrate genuine engagement with the opportunity, but is a skill many of us lack. Practice active listening. (Have a look at further reading 2!)

Taking the initiative to check understanding and ask insightful questions about the role and the company is another winning strategy.

This displays your preparation, enthusiasm, and desire to learn about the reality of the role, more about the team and their work – what does a typical day look like? What are the short- and long-term objectives? How is the company growing and what changes are expected?

The Power of appreciation and a Thank You

At the end of the interview, show your appreciation of their time and the valuable experience. After the interview, follow up with a thank-you email. It’s a small gesture that can have a significant impact. It expresses your gratitude for the interviewer’s time and reiterates your interest in the position. A well-written thank-you can serve as a gentle reminder of your skills, qualifications and solidify your place in the hiring manager’s mind.

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Beyond the Interview: Finding the Right Fit

Remember, the interview is a two-way street. While the company is assessing you, you’re also evaluating their suitability as a long-term employer. Use this opportunity to assess the company culture, the team dynamic, and whether the role aligns with your long-term career goals, and what opportunities there are for development and growth.

The importance of cultural fit cannot be overstated. Employees who feel aligned with their company’s values and work style are more likely to be engaged, productive, and ultimately, successful, especially if others see you that way too.


By adopting these strategies and approaching the interview process with preparation, confidence, and a focus on finding the right fit, you’ll be well on your way to landing your required role.

Take a deep breath, start preparing, highlight your skills, and ace that interview!

Further Reading

Found this blog useful? We have plenty more resources for you to dive into!

1 Add Value Through Effective Interviewing – blog, understand the other side of the table!

2 The Power of Active Listening – blog

By Jacob Ahmadzai

Helping businesses improve performance with proven learning and development solutions. London based with a global reach.